||Steering Committee and
||Meeting / Events Calendar
||Cosmology Interest Group (CIG)
||Telescope Interest Group (TIG)
||Observing Sites + Weather
||Pictures and Poems
December 11 Holiday Social
November 21 CIG
Lecture 32 - The Quantum Origin of All Structure
Lecture 33 - Inflation's Stunning Creativity
November 2 General Meeting "2012 - The Next Great End of the World?" by Chuck Pullen - instructor at Sierra College
Hype has been building for several years over the end of the Mayan Calendar on December 23, 2012, the Winter
Solstice. Some are making it into a prophecy of the end of days. Others are tying a host of conspiracies into the
"Mayan Apocalypse " including UFOs, shadow governments, and the Illuminati. Chuck informed us about the real
Mayan Calendar, past predictions of doom, and the business of selling the end of the world.
October 19 Blue Canyon Trip
October 17 CIG
Lecture 32 - Puzzling Problems Remain
Lecture 33 - Inflation Provides the Solution
October 5 General Meeting "The Origin of Our Moon" by Tom Eason
Our Moon is our closest major neighbor. In many ways it is unique compared to most other Solar System planetary
moons. Why is it different, and how did it get that way? How do these differences affect us? Tom discussed four
different scenarios for the origin of the Moon that address the answers to these questions.
September 19 CIG
Lecture 28 - Back to a Microsecond - The Particle Cascade
Lecture 29 - Back to the GUT - Matter and Forces Emerge
September 7 General Meeting "Mooning Our Way Through the Solar System" by Anthony Oreglia
What are the most fascinating and mysterious objects in the solar system? What have volcanoes, lakes, mountains,
canyons, oceans, ice sheets, craters, crevices, geysers, and rain? What have strange names and come in all shapes and
sizes? What play leap frog with each other? What may be the only place in the solar system that harbors alien life
forms?...... the Moons! There are now over 160 moons that have been discovered orbiting the solar system's eight
planets. Anthony gave an excellent presentation about the latest discoveries concerning these remarkable solar system
August 25 Blue Canyon Observing Trip
This observing trip was very successful with excellent "seeing" conditions. We saw stars, galaxies, nebulae, star
clusters and the Milky Way in outstanding detail.
August 17 Planetarium Show and Presentation at Sierra College Planetarium by Professor Barry Rice
Barry presented a planetarium show and presentation titled "Have Aliens Visited Earth?"
August 15 CIG
June 1 "SETI and the Allen Telescope Array" by Jon Richards
The mission of the SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is to explore, understand and explain the
origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe. Jon Richards works with Seth Shostak and Jill Tartar at SETI in
Mountain View, and also at the Hat Creek Antenna site. Jon presented the history of SETI, describe the Allen
Telescope Array used to search for signals, and explained how signals are detected. Jon also described SetiQuest,
SETI's latest initiative to involve the public in assisting in software development and the analysis of received signals.
May 16 CIG
May 5 Binocular Interest Group Viewing with Binoculars at a site in Lincoln Hills - No experience necessary
Contact Joel Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org (408-5521) or Nina Mazzo email@example.com for details.
May 4 Community Forum "Our Cosmic Neighborhood" -SCLH Forum in the Ballroom at OCL. 7 - 9 PM
LHAG members gave four short, yet interesting and informative presentations:
(1) "What's Up in the Night Sky" Joel Thomas will take us on a tour of our local night sky that can be observed using
only your naked eyes;
(2) "The Year of the Solar System" Anthony Oreglia will present the newest images and missions exploring our solar
(3) "21st Century Astronomy" Tom Eason will discuss how astronomers today are discovering secrets of the universe
(4) "Cosmology" Morey Lewis will explain what the universe is composed of as well theories on its origin.
April 18 CIG
April 6 LHAG Social/Mini-Expo
LHAG members enjoyed time for socializing and browsing the Astronomy displays. They learned about LHAG
activities including the Binocular Interest Group and the Cosmology Interest Group. Several different types of
telescopes and binoculars were on display, and many "apps" for IPAD's, iPhones, and other devices were
March 21, 24 CIG
March 9 Group Expo
March 2 "The Stormy Sun" by John Combes
The Sun appears to be a very stable star and compared with many other stars that would be the case. However,
considering the fragile nature of life on Earth, the Sun can pose some interesting and sometimes disastrous effects to
the well being of human and animal life. John explored some of the events caused by the Sun which have affected the
way we live.
February 21, 24 CIG
February 2 "Dark Skies" by Jack Sales "Dark Skies 2"
Jack is the founder of the International Dark-Sky (IDA) Association. The goal of the IDA is to make people to be
aware of the importance of the loss of our dark skies. The preservation of dark skies is an important environmental
concern to astronomers, of course, but also for other aspects of our biosphere. Light pollution has been shown to
adversely affect circadian rhythms of sleep patterns and hormonal cycles of many living things, including us humans.
There is also an environmental concurrent effect due to wasting of energy for overused urban lighting. Jack discussed
these detrimental effects of "light pollution," and alternatives to reduce these effects.
January 17, 20 CIG
January 5 General Meeting NASA's "Discovery and New Frontiers" Program by Don Wilson
Don described some of NASA's low profile missions such as a NASA low budget mission that does double duty by
recycling satellites. Don described missions to minor planets, comets, asteroids, and the Kuiper Belt